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NHASC Leadership

Meet our Board of Directors.

NHASC is governed by a 7-10 member Board of Directors. Directors are elected to a two-year term by the membership and are required to have some connection to Senior services.

Patti Drelick

Patti has served as a volunteer on the NHASC Board in various leadership roles since 2003. She recently retired from her position as Director of Senior Services for the Town of Salem, after 14 years of service. During her tenure, the Ingram Senior Center grew to having over 2,700 seniors registered while offering more that 200 programs, services and events on a regular basis. Patti's passion remains strong for our aging population as she continues to volunteer in this arena, with a particular emphasis to aide those dealing with dementia and Alzhiemer's disease.

Jill Vahey

JJill has served as a volunteer on the NHASC Board since 2003 and has been employed by Grafton County Senior Citizens Council since 2002. The Upper Valley Senior Centers nutrition program provided more than 34,876 meals, and their transportation program provided 12,000 rides to more than 2500 older adults living in the Upper Valley. The center also offers outreach services, volunteer opportunities and a wide variety of health and wellness programs, activities and special events.

Leila Villeneuve

Leila has been with Tri County CAP, Inc. for 31 years. At the start of my career I held the position of Berlin Site Manager, for the past 12 years I moved into the position of Program Manager for Coos County. I have been on the NHASC board for 20 years and held the Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary volunteer positions. I am extremely creative and can do a lot with a little. I enjoy my work with the elder population and like watching them enjoy their elder years in a positive, happy fashion.

Brinn Chute

As the Senior Services Supervisor for the City of Portsmouth, Brinn manages a Senior Activity Center and works in partnership with various agencies to provide healthy connections and opportunities for seniors. She sits on the board for the NH Association of Senior Centers and is part of the Public Health Advisory Committee for the Seacoast. For 10 years prior, Brinn was a program coordinator for the City of Rochester Department of Recreation & Arena designing and implementing programs for people of all ages. Brinn started her career in Boston at the New England Aquarium as a volunteer manager supporting 300 volunteers donating over 100,000 hours of service annually. Additionally, she volunteers her time as a Marine Mammal Rescue Team volunteer for the Seacoast Science Center. Originally from Cape Cod, Brinn moved to New Hampshire in 1999 and lives in Exeter with her husband and 4 children.

Nicole Ferrante

Nicole has served on the NHASC Board since 2014 and has been employed by the town of Derry since 2006. As a recreation coordinator her responsibilities extend to all generations of citizens in the greater Derry community and include program development, event coordination, and volunteer management. Without an official building designated as a senior center in Derry, Nicole works collaboratively with well over 25 organizations and businesses to provide synchronized services to the elder residence in the community.

Jim Thompson

Jim is a New Hampshire native, living in Effingham. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of New Hampshire in Durham with a Bachelors Degree in Human Services and a minor in Biology. Upon graduation, he then became the first Recreation Director for the Town of Ossipee, a position he held until 1981. During his tenure he chaired the Board of Ossipee Concerned Citizens, Inc.( a 501(c)3 in human services) who then hired him to serve as Deputy Director, a position he holds to date. He attends monthly meetings of the State Committee On Aging (SCOA) in Concord, NH. In addition, he is Past President of the NHASC and continues to serve on the Board.

Krista Trefethen

Krista has served as a volunteer on the NHASC board since 2014. She is the Assistant Recreation Director for the City of Dover and in that role also oversees the Dover Community Senior Center. The Dover Community Senior Center has approximately 700 members that participate in programs and special events throughout the year.

Judith Bunnell

Judith was the Director of the Portsmouth Senior Center for 35 years and still works part time for the Portsmouth Housing Authority as a Senior Social Services Coordinator. On May 15, 2016 she has been on the staff of the authority for 44 years. She is a past president of the NHASC, is the NISC Delegate for NH and plans events, presentations and activities for the residents of the housing authority and coordinates fund raising events for their non-profit board. She volunteers as a member of the City of Portsmouth Citizens Advisory Board for the Community Development Department and is on the sub-committee for the Portsmouth Recreation Department working with their members in securing a new Senior Center for the City.

Please contact Patti Drelick at 603.818.9172 to discuss options for how your talent and experience might assist NHASC.